Magazine article Anglican Journal

Conference Tackles AIDS, Poverty Issues

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Conference Tackles AIDS, Poverty Issues

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Boksburg, South Africa Churches "are fundamental to the effective tackling of poverty," Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town in March told an international conference focused on how Anglicans worldwide can address the issues of poverty, HIV/AIDS and education in developing countries.

The gathering, called Towards Effective Anglican Mission, or TEAM, took place March 7-14 in Boksburg, near Johannesburg.

"We meet because God has called us, and we know that those whom he calls, he directs and equips to carry out his purposes," said Archbishop Ndungane in the opening address.

TEAM brought about 350 delegates and speakers from Anglican churches around the world together to discuss comprehensive approaches to aid and development.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, in an interview with Episcopal News Service, noted that such Anglican organizations as Mothers' Union are involved in development work, "but the Anglican church hasn't really worked very hard at coordinating all this so far." The conference allowed people "to compare notes, to shape some strategy and to think forward to make the best use of the resources we've got. …

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